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« on: July 22, 2010, 01:17:50 pm »

Studies have established that the majority of UFOs are observations of some real but conventional object—most commonly aircraft, balloons, or astronomical objects such as meteors or bright planets—that have been misidentified by the observer as anomalies, while a small percentage of reported UFOs are hoaxes.[5] Between 5% to 20% of anomalous sightings can be classified as unidentified in the strictest sense (see below for some studies).

The possibility that all UFO sightings are misidentifications of known natural phenomena[6] inspired some debate in the scientific community about whether scientific investigation was warranted given the paucity of available empirical data.[7][8][9][10][11] Very little peer-reviewed literature has been published in which scientists have proposed, studied or supported non-prosaic explanations for UFOs.[12] Nevertheless, UFOs as a cultural phenomenon continues to be the subject of serious academic research[12] and amateur investigators continue to advocate that UFOs represent real and unexplained events, whether or not they are associated with alien encounters.

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